Block play offers a rich opportunity for early math and science learning and the development of social, emotional, language, motor and cognitive skills. Kaplan offers a variety of unit blocks, hollow blocks, foam blocks, and cardboard blocks.
Our superior-quality blocks are precision made from hardwood with sanded smooth beveled edges. A total of 28 shapes are precisely dimensioned so the blocks are easy to stack. Each set comes with a lifetime guarantee.
3 years & up. This Wedgie Career People set include wooden self-standing figures with diverse backgrounds and careers. The set includes men and women in nontraditional roles. These figures work great with blocks, role playing, and teaching children about communities and careers. Use these durable wooden figures in a lesson about diversity, inclusion, or careers. Printed on both sides figures show the front and back details. Tallest figure stands 5 1/2" tall.
3 years & up. Children can create dough objects to put on the dough mats! Each mat has a letter and corresponding object for children to make and place on the mat. These mats are a wonderful and engaging way to incorporate literacy and fine motor skills. Measures 8 1/2" x 11". Set of 26.
3 years & up. Building upon the multi-faceted early childhood development benefits of unit block play, these sturdy wooden trucks are designed to overlay a new lesson on how a simple machine works. Teaches children to investigate the mechanics of gears, levers, wheel and axle technology, and pendulums. Use Unit Blocks (sold separately) with these Block Science Big Trucks to teach simple machine and STEM concepts while encouraging construction, deconstruction, teamwork, social interaction and self-expression.
3 years & up. This sturdy wooden incline ramp invites children to explore STEM concepts through prediction and experimentation. The six varying textures give children the opportunity to test the effects of surfacing, weight, and velocity on the potential speed and function of different objects. Ramptastic also introduces simple machines to children and is the perfect addition to the STEM toys in your classroom. Activity cards included. Cars sold separately. Measures 4.5" H x 4.5" W x 12.5" L.
3 years & up. Discover what it takes to build a road with these three wooden transportation vehicles that teach children their functions through play. This encourages imagination while they build their own city. Includes a front end loader, roller and an excavator. Front end loader measures 5 1/2"W x 2"H.
2 years & up. Stack, match, and explore the sense of touch with this caterpillar-themed stacker. It is made up of colorful, rounded, chunky, tactile shapes that fit on a pegged base that allows for stacking multiple angled, color-coded blocks. Set includes color-matching activity cards and card stand for sequencing activities.
3 years & up. Children can create dough eggs to put in the birds nest! Each dough mat has a numeral and corresponding counting dots so children know how many dough eggs to make and place in the nest. These mats are a wonderful and engaging way to incorporate math and fine motor skills. Measures 8 1/2" x 11". Set of 9.
3 years & up. Sturdy, high-quality, interlocking builders are perfect for engineering, architecture, construction, and fine motor play. Sets universally connects with other interlocking builders for endless creations. Includes a sturdy storage container with locking lid.
3 years & up. These bright colored magnetic tiles teach spatial relationships, math, logic, and problem solving through creative building! The tiles attract on all sides and in all combinations, helping children move from two-dimensional to three-dimensional creations. These tiles are valuable manipulatives for spatial problem-solving tasks, logical thinking, and math reasoning. Provide stimulus and right-side brain training through creative play! This unbreakable set includes square and triangle… More »
18 months & up. These six friends ready to go on adventures along with the neighborhood's dog and cat! These figures in brightly colored clothing are great for role-playing activities and developing oral language skills. Encourage dramatic play and fine motor functions with this easy to grip set of neighborhood friends. Use these figures in a lesson about the importance of diversity, friendship, and getting along. Each friend measures 2 3/4" tall and twists at the waist.
3 years & up. A fantastic building activity that helps children develop a sense of geometry and spatial awareness, as well as hand-eye coordination. The distinct angle of the bamboo pieces create endless possibilities for making exciting shapes and structures. Play with it as a game or construction activity. Includes 24 angular bamboo rings and an activity guide.
18 months & up. This ten-piece set of friends and family represents multiple cultures, ages, and genders. There are even two different pets! These easy to grip pieces are great for promoting dramatic play and fine motor skills. Children can role-play people in their family, circle of friends, neighborhood, and more! Use these figures in brightly colored clothes in a lesson about diversity and inclusion. The Tallest figure is 5" tall. Blocks not included.
3 - 5 years. Build Me "Emotions" invites preschoolers to explore emotions and physical characteristics in a fun and engaging way. As children collaborate on a range of character building experiences, they recognize feelings and identify similarities and differences. Building cards provide support and inspiration so children can continue to build and rebuild characters again and again! 188 pieces.
6 months & up. Introduce shapes to infants and toddlers with Soft Shape Blocks! The set of 12 blocks features a variety of shapes and colors. Children can begin basic shape recognition (circle, square, triangle) while they practice stacking and building. Great for sorting and matching by shape and color too! Surface wash only. Colors may vary.
3 years & up. Learning to write the curves and lines of the alphabet just got easier with this sensory-driven activity. Follow the directional arrows and trace each letter with the magnetic stylus to pull the beads up into the holes. Lightly trace over the letters again with the tip of a finger and the metal balls drop back into the base. 11 1/2"L x 9 1/4"W x 1/2"H.
4 years & up. Build limitless creations with IO Blocks®! Each set is comprised of 12 unique plastic shapes and features 6 colors; red, blue, green, tan, black and white. Curved elements add design options. Blocks connect with a secure, yet easily adjustable friction fit. Choose between 76 piece, 114 piece, 192 piece, and 500 piece sets.
2 years & up. Unscramble the confusion of emotions with this innovatively designed figure set! With the Eggspressions Figure and Book Set, children can learn to communicate their feelings effectively. Features six egg figures, each representing a different emotion that kids can use to express their own emotions when they can't find the words. Made with wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forest and durable child-safe paint finish.
2 years & up. A versatile and fun set for building whatever a child can imagine! Use the flex connectors as hinges to further the design possibilities and bring your imagination creations to life. Set includes 76 durable plastic pieces: 18 beams, 18 large connectors, 24 small connectors, and 16 flexi connectors. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
3 years & up. This Foundation Set is designed to exercise early engineering concepts, collaboration, and the study of matter, motion and mathematics. Plastic building and roadway clips stabilize builds, drawbridges and loops to enable taller, sturdier and more mobile tracks and builds. Simplified, wooden cars with soft plastic wheels easily glide across the solid wood tracks while carrying algebraic people designed for mathematical and dramatic play activities. Foundation Set includes Concept… More »
Birth & up. Our softline collection provides colorful, thoughtful transition pieces that assist children in acclimating to and mastering their surroundings. Soft, over-sized Toddler Blocks allow for a variety of building and color exploration experiences. The 12 soft cubes are in six, bright contemporary colors, perfect for stacking, sitting and sorting. Place these blocks in any educational area for hands-on learning activities or let children bring them to dramatic play spaces for additional… More »